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Tuesday marked the release of the latest novel by New York Times bestselling author Karen White, The Sound of Glass  (New American Library Hardcover). The “queen of southern women’s fiction” (The Huffington Post) kicked off her three-week tour last weekend with a pre-party in Marietta, GA where she sold over 50 books followed by events at Foxtale, Book Exchange, Bookmiser and Eagle Eye Bookstore, all in the Atlanta area. In The Sound of Glass Karen tackles tough issues such as death, domestic abuse, and family history with grace and humor, and the media has taken notice. RT called it “an unforgettable story” and Popsugar namedThe Sound of Glass as one of the month’s “Best New Romance Books.” There’s much more media to come, including Woman’s World, CNN.com, Shelf Awareness, Atlanta Magazine, Southern Seasons, and Deep South Magazine – who will also host a Twitter chat with Karen on June 12. Over 50 blogs are scheduled to run reviews of The Sound of Glass, including yesterday’s review from Chick Lit Plus, calling it a “magnificent story of the slow healing of a broken family.” Fans from all over the south will be coming out for Karen’s tour which includes new markets such as Dallas and Nashville. You can find the full list of tour dates on Karen’s website.
#TwitterFiction Festival 2015, a five-day celebration of storytelling sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Association of American Publishers, and Twitter, which concludes today, has been unfolding online since Monday, May 11 at 9:00 a.m., when Celeste Ng, author of the acclaimed debut novel, Everything I Never Told You (published in hardcover by Penguin Press and out this week as a Penguin paperback), debuted an original love story, inspired by a series of Post-It notes she found hidden in the Cambridge Public Library. Since tweets must be no more than 140 characters, Ng presented her tale with a series of tweets. Here is a sampling:  “For #TwitterFiction festival, here’s an unusual bookish love story I stumbled across … It involves reading, secrets, tragedy: all stuff dear to my heart, as those of you who know me (or have read my novel) know … A few weeks ago I went to write at the @cambridgePL, as I often do. I was sneaking a snack at my usual writing desk in the corner … Pro tip: when consuming contraband snacks at library, DO NOT drop entire package of Swedish Fish on floor … As I picked them up, I found this [Ng shows an Instagram photo of  the note (“For you, if you find this, start here, 299. 7 H83.co”) stuck under the table … I worked in a library in college. I know my Dewey Decimal. How could I resist? … I found the book with that call number … I found myself rooting for this couple, whoever they were. But why had they hidden their story here? …. So I kept following the notes. Upstairs. Downstairs. Back upstairs again.”  To read the complete series of Ng’s #Twitter Fiction story tweets on Storify.com, click hereCelesteNgBookJacket #TwitterFiction Festival Live! drew a big crowd to SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street) in NYC on Wednesday night. The storytelling variety show (and official live companion event of #TwitterFiction Festival 2015) was hosted by stand-up comedian Nick Turner(@nicksturners) and featured Penguin authors such as Myke Cole(@MykeCole), Lyndsay Faye (@LyndsayFaye), Gayle Forman (@gayleforman)   and Anna North(@annanorthtweets),  creating Twitter Fiction live on stage. There were live illustrations by visual artist Michael Arthur (@inklines) and music by Mike Brun (@mbrun12).  USA Today live tweeted the event.
Razorbill’s Jay Asher, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Thirteen Reasons Why, with more than 2.3 million copies in print, took the book, and his message #ReasonsWhyYouMatter, on a true national tour, hitting all 50 U.S. states. Starting in October 2014 (National Bullying Prevention Month) and ending this month, Asher’s 50 States Against Bullying tour gave the author the opportunity to interact directly with high school students to discuss bullying and teen suicide. Asher’s eight-month tour covered 50,000 miles, and he met 30,000 students.  Publishers Weekly presented visual snap shots, from Alaska to this month’s concluding stop in Hawaii, in Jay Asher’s ’50 States Against Bullying’ Tour in Photos feature this week.  Asher recapped every state he visited on his blog as well.  Click here to watch Asher’s 50 States Against Bullying tour sizzle reel.
#TwitterFiction Festival 2015, a five-day celebration of storytelling, sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Association of American Publishers, and Twitter, kicks off online on Monday, May 11 at 9:00 a.m. (ET), beginning with Penguin author Celeste Ng, as she unravels a love story from a note that she found hidden in the Cambridge Public Library. This year’s festival also includes Dutton author Eric Jerome Dickey and additional renowned writers from a large cross-section of publishers. For more details and to follow the festival, visit: twitterfictionfestival.com. #TwitterFiction Festival Live! is being presented at SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street) in New York City on Wednesday, May 13. The storytelling variety show (and official live companion event of #TwitterFiction Festival 2015) will be hosted by stand-up comedian Nick Turner(@nicksturners) and feature Penguin Random House authors as they create Twitter Fiction on stage. Stories will be brought to life with crowd-sourced elements from Twitter, live illustrations by visual artist, Michael Arthur (@inklines) and music by Mike Brun (@mbrun12). The #TwitterFiction Festival Live! author lineup includes: #TwitterFiction Festival Live! Tickets, are $20, include one complimentary glass of wine and can be purchased in advance at twitterfictionfestival.eventbrite.com glass of wine and can be purchased in advance at twitterfictionfestival.eventbrite.com
Tuesday marked the release of the latest hilarious memoir by New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster, I Regret Nothing (New American Library Hardcover).  Jen started off the week with amazing  interviews on WGN Radio &WGN-TV, I Heart Radio, as well as features in Instyle, Popsugar, Daily Herald and blogs all over the country. In the book, Jen tackles all the things she wishes she’d done by now—in bucket list form! More than 70 fans showed up for her New York City event at The Barnes & Noble in Tribeca on Monday where she kicked off her tour sharing the stage with a henna tattoo artist for the challenge of “Get a Tattoo.”  Each event for the next two weeks features a specific challenge from Jen’s hilarious memoir ranging from “Eat More Italian” where The Bookmarke Shoppe in Brooklyn hosted a 70 person Italian dinner with an open bar, to “Learn a New Playlist” where University Books in Seattle will share Jen’s cardio blasting Spotify playlist.  Jen travels to other major markets including Boston, Kansas City, Dallas, each bookstore with its own challenge for her readers to live with #noregrets. Jen’s personal weight loss bucket list challenge was successful when she recently posted about losing 70 pounds, garnering more than 10K likes on Facebook, and inspiring readers all around the country. Jen has more media coming in with Sirius XM Radio, The Chicago Tribune,The Boston Globe and let’s not forget Jen’s run-in on social media with the Lilly Pulitzer/Target “Scandal of the Century” where USA Today and The Today Show mentioned her tweets! HennaWhat’s on your bucket list?
This week, actress, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and bestselling author La La Anthony launched her second book for Celebra, The Power Playbook, the follow-up to her #1 New York Times bestseller The Love Playbook, with a firestorm of amazing national media. Anthony appeared on ABC-TV’s “The View” as a guest co-host on Tuesday May 5, as well as on Huffington Post Live. She was interviewed on both Power 105′s “The Breakfast Club” and “Angie Martinez” in NYC, as well as FOX-TV’s “Good Day NY.”  On Tuesday evening, she appeared in conversation with Angie Martinez at Barns & Noble Union Square in front of a standing-room only crowd. Coming up, La La Anthony will appear on The Steve Harvey Show(May 8), VH1′s Big Morning Buzz (May 8), The Meredith Vieira Show (May 11), Dr. Oz (May 11), andThe Real (May 11). She also appeared on several shows at Sirius/XM, and shows “What’s In My Bag” on USWeekly.com. She will be signing at B&N’s Buckhead store in Atlanta on May 8 and B&N The Grove in Los Angeles on May 12.La-La
Sue Monk Kidd’s #1 New York Times bestseller and “American classic-to-be” (Dallas Morning News) THE INVENTION OF WINGS was released in Penguin paperback this week and copies are already flying off shelves. Sue kicked off her 10-city tour in Charleston, SC, where she participated in Sarah and Angelina Grimké Day, a city-wide celebration honoring the progressive 19th century Charlestonian sisters whose abolitionist activism was the impetus  at The Invention of Wings.  The festivities included an unveiling of the new Grimké historical marker, a Grimké Sisters historical walking tour and archival exhibit, and The Invention of Wings Grimke Historical Markerdiscussion and signing. Here Kidd is pictured with her husband Sandy (right) and a Grimké family descendent (left) in front of Charleston’s newly unveiled Grimké historical marker. Feature coverage on the book and Sue’s tour can be found in Charleston’s Post & Courier and City Paper, Savannah’s Morning News, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
John Sandford is celebrating the silver anniversary of his #1 New York Times-bestselling Prey series starring Lucas Davenport with Gathering Prey, which Putnam published on Tuesday (4/28). Sandford launched his 25th Prey novel at Poisoned Pen, where owner and good friend Barbara Peters marked the anniversary with a special cake (and a huge amount of book sales!). Sandford will end his short tour in Minneapolis with events at Once Upon a Crime and Barnes & Noble.  In Gathering Prey, we meet the Travelers. O They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes—they just like to stay on the move. And now  somebody is killing them. Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do. Letty tells Lucas she’s going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty’s getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman’s story, though, he begins to think there’s something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger—but just may change the course of his life.
Last week, Dutton published Claire Kells’ much buzzed-about debut novel, Girl Underwater. Kell’s celebrated the launch of her book with a party, hosted by actress Casey Wilson, star of NBC’s Marry Me and the blockbuster movie, Gone Girl. Also in attendance was Wilson’s Happy Endings co-star Adam Pally, and Kulap Vilaysack from Who Charted Podcast.  

Casey Wilson and Adam PallyGirl Underwater is a gripping romance/adventure story, all told through the eyes of a memorable heroine after surviving a major airline disaster. The novel has received great reviews across the board, including a starred Library Journal review and praise from author Jodi Picoult, who calls it “a compelling coming-of-age love story” and encourages readers to “dive in!”

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New American Library launched actor Jon Cryer’s first book So That Happened: A Memoir   this week with an incredible lineup of national publicity.  Pre-publication media began with an excerpt in the Hollywood Reporter on March 18, followed by a profile onCBS Sunday Morning that aired March 29 and an interview on Weekend Edition Saturday that ran April 4. Cryer kicked off publication week in New York City with interviews on Good Morning America,Entertainment Tonight, Live With Kelly & Michael , Late Night with Seth Meyers, Watch What Happens Live! He played a hilarious game of charades with Michael Douglas and Kat Dennings on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon! He also exposed his “inner geek” during an interview on the Marvel.com podcast and visited Sirius XM where he was interviewed in front of a live audience for Sirius XM Unmasked. The Associated Press, Vulture, GQ.com, MensHealth.com, and Playboy.com all ran interviews with Cryer. Esquire.com offered up “10 Crazy Things We Learned From Jon Cryer’s New Memoir.”  Still to come:  appearances on The Talk, The Meredith Vieira Show, E! News, The Soup, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and an interview on the Nerdist podcast with Chris Hardwick. Events included an onstage interview with Variety editor Ramin Setoodeh at New York’s 92ndStreet Y and two upcoming Southern California appearances at Barnes & Noble/Santa Monica and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.